Friday, June 4, 2010

Do Do Do The Dukan Diet

or maybe don't do it!!
You need to decide for yourself.  Again as usual I give a big sigh and think, not another fad diet, why don't people just eat healthy, real food - I could start promoting Michael Pollen again right now! 

The Dukan Diet seems to be taking over as the next big thing since Atkins. As with most new diets this too has a celebrity following, namley J-Lo and Gisele Bundchen. The diet is broken down into 4 stages;

THE ATTACK PHASE: An initial attack phase led by the "pure protein diet" that creates a stunning kick-start, almost as quickly as fasting or powdered protein diets but without their drawbacks.

THE CRUISE PHASE: A cruise phase led by an "alternating protein" diet, which allows you to reach your chosen weight non-stop in one go. 

THE CONSOLIDATION PHASE: A consolidation phase when the weight you have achieved is consolidated, a phase designed to prevent the rebound effect that occurs after any rapid weight-loss. This is a period of high vulnerability when the body has a tendency to very easily regain those lost pounds. It has a very precise time-scale: 5 days for every pound lost.

THE STABILIZATION PHASE: inally, and most importantly, permanent stabilization based on a simple, safety measure, that is easy to follow but indispensable if the weight loss is to be maintained: the Dukan Diet has to be followed one set day per week for the rest of your life. This rule is indeed strict and non-negotiable, but it is sufficiently specific and effective that it can be adhered to over such a long period of time.

My fellow fitness blogger over at Healthy Habits has written more on the subject if you are interested.

Has anybody tried this diet yet? Is anybody interested in trying it and telling me the results?


  1. Ugh, I hate all these restrictive diets that rarely ever work long-term. Yes, it's great that there's a stabilization phase, but does that really guarantee the dieter would actually follow through with doing it once a week for the rest of their life?

  2. I havent tried this yet. Actually I havent even heard of it. Nutrition has been my worst to really get down. I lost 68 pounds with P90X and nutrition, and now I've had to add an additional 800 calories a day to my diet to try to lose weight? it's been crazy lol. totally love it. Love fitness now!!

    I live to work out not work out to live... I like that quote! I added you on Facebook. Hope to chit chat sometim


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